Dr. Amy Nielsen is a recognized opera director, opera singer, vocal and piano instructor, non-profit founder and director, and entrepreneur. She has worked with a diverse range of companies that include Opera Classica Europa, University of Northern Colorado, Utah Vocal Arts Academy, St. George Opera, with orchestral directors, actors, students, and other professionals, in the role as performer, director, and more.
Dr. Nielsen has Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees in music-related fields and has taught at the public, private, and higher educational levels. She is the founder and General/Artistic Director for St. George Opera, a 501(c)3 nonprofit performing arts company in Southern Utah who produce short, up close and affordable operatic musical experiences (www.stgeorgeopera.com). She has also developed an in-tune singing course to help those who have trouble matching pitch and singing in-tune (www.tuneitupcourse.com), and has developed a toddler music course for parents and children.
Dr. Nielsen is also a published author. Her dissertation, “A Selective Study of the Art Songs of Franz Lehar,” is the first study of its kind, and will be published before the end of 2018. She hopes to continue additional research projects through the university where she will be employed.
Dr. Nielsen has been musically involved since a young age. She and her five siblings presented a musical program for community members each Christmas, a tradition that continued for nearly 30 years. In 2011 Dr. Nielsen formed Amy’s Academy where she seeks to discover, nurture, and expand the musical abilities students. She offers private or group voice and piano lessons for all ages and ability levels (www.amys-academy.com). Dr. Nielsen has taught and performed around the United States and abroad (including Germany, France, and New Zealand), most recently appearing in both opera and concert roles with St. George Opera (2016-2018), and Opera Europa (2016).